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Old 09-28-2004, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys
after much research on other forums i have decided to go with mobil 1 0W-40
however a buddy just told me that since my car has almost 110K miles on it I should go with atleast 5W-40 or 10-40 since the bearings and all are probably worn out and 0 viscosity is too thin for high mileage cars.

any suggestions ? I drive my car real hard when i can on the streets, but i am aroudn chicago and winter will kick in a month,
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Old 09-28-2004, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ye...

I agree w/ your friend, I wouldnt use such a thin oil (0W - 40) for a high mileage car... i'd use anything 10W and above...

hope this is useful
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hey
cool thanks man, gonna get 10W-40 if i find some otherwise the bmw 5-30
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I use 0-40 with 113k, no issues with burning oil.
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0-40 is NOT thin.

And countless BMW members have first hand experience switching to Synthetic (including myself) with various mileage readings with no leaks.
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Are you changing your own oil? Do you know what I found out?! BMW makes you get a special tool goddamnit (I forget what it's called) to get off the oil filter cover thingie! I didn't have one and now I've got little scratches from the wrench!


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yes i was planning on doing it myself tomorrow. will ask the dealer. how much does that tool cost ?
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I think it's like 5 bucks?
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ok mite get it then, how bad were the scratches ? wonder if i care about them that much.

so 0-40 should be good for high mileage rite ? kevin said no problem with his......how often do u guys switch synthetic ....7K ?
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Well, it's under the hood so I didn't cry about it that night... and I heard it's cheap to replace... still, if you plan to keep changing your oil, I'd buy the thing at the dealer... it's worth it.
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For those who have a black plastic oil filter housing cap (it's less usual than the silver metal cap), you will certainly need a special tool made by CarTool especially for BMW. I bought this for approx. 20$ (Cdn , so approx. 14$ USD). Without this, it will be such a pain to change your oil filter. This tool is available in BMW dealerships.

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I went through the same thing...chewing up that plastic cover....Use your channel lock pliers on the plastic "bolt" on top...then stick a quality screw driver through the pliers so you can turn it the whole housing...this is the only efficient way to do it w/out ripping apart the top of the cap, or buying the special tool...
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its all good, did mine today. a buddy has tool so it worked out fine
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